Two Nights of Crystal Fighters at Music Hall of Williamsburg

April 3rd, 2017

Sebastian Pringle (vocals and guitar) and Gilbert Vierich (electronics, guitar and percussion) knew each other from way back. The latter separately met Graham Dickson (guitar and txalaparta), and once he moved to London, the three of them began to make music together, experimenting with different genres, from lo-fi R&B to metal and synth music. But then (now former member) Laure Stockley visited her reclusive grandfather’s Basque country home and discovered an unfinished opera with a section that roughly translates to Crystal Fighters. The opera opened the group to new ideas and the world of Basque folk music. Soon enough, Crystal Fighters had a new folktronic sound combining Spanish folk instruments with heavy synths, booming bass and drum loops. Their third full-length, Everything Is My Family (stream it below), came out last fall. “Crystal Fighters are an eclectic bunch, and their third record—opening with a multilingual spoken-word track—is predictably bonkers and brilliant,” raved the Line of Best Fit. “Crystal Fighters have matured from the erratic mania of their youth into a band whose distinctive sound now has direction and purpose, and what a joyful purpose it is.” Winding down an American tour, Crystal Fighters play Music Hall of Williamsburg on Wednesday and Thursday. L.A. synth-pop band Machineheart open both shows.